My Ethical Fashion Journey
From as early as I can remember, I have always loved clothes and fashion. I remember as a little girl loving trips to the mall with my mom because I was just so fascinated by the stores and clothes.
As I grew older, I made friends based on our mutual love of fashion and we would spend our Saturdays at the mall trying on everything we could. I eventually ended up working at a few different retailers, and I loved the perk of being able to get a discount that would help me support my shopping habit.
In my early twenties, I switched from being a mall shopper, and became obsessed with online shopping. It seemed that almost everyday there was a package showing up at my door with some new shirt or pair of jeans.
When I was 24, I met my husband. He had been vegan for about 10 years and I became really interested in knowing more about how the food we eat impacts the environment and other living beings. Soon after, I became vegetarian, and eventually made the switch to vegan. All the while though, my love for shopping continued, and packages continued showing up at my door.
This all changed about two years ago. I remember a friend talking about a documentary called, ‘The True Cost’ and being very intrigued. I had always heard about 'sweatshops' and child labor but had never really dug in to know what it was all about. So I turned on the tv and hit play. Oh. My. Goodness. I was immediately flooded with so many emotions. Anger. Sadness. Frustration. I couldn’t believe that the $20 shirt I was wearing and so happy about getting a deal on, was causing so much hurt and pain in another part of the world. I immediately felt guilty and hypocritical. I felt guilty for purchasing all of these clothes and for spending the year prior advocating for better treatment of animals and switching to a vegan lifestyle, while day after day people were being mistreated and the environment was being destroyed so I could wear this clothes that I could not get enough of.
At that moment, I knew I had to make a change.
I began my research and stopped buying clothes. I wanted to be more informed before I made my next move. About a year after this moment, my idea for The Purposeful Closet was born. I wanted to create a place where people could discover ethically made brands and also find nonjudgmental information. A place to keep the conversation about ethical fashion growing.
My goal for The Purposeful Closet is to create a platform where people can find information about fast fashion’s effects on our environment and people. I want to give people the opportunity to discover new brands who are redefining fashion and working to make it a more ethical and sustainable industry. The end goal is not to make anyone feel guilty for their shopping choices, I'm still learning too, but I want to encourage small changes that will create a better world. Thanks for following along!